‘Thousands of lights’: Holiday season kicks off Sunday in Oak Bay with Light Up Festival

'Thousands of lights': Holiday season kicks off Sunday in Oak Bay with Light Up Festival
Photo: OakBayTourism.com

Holiday festivities are kicking off in Oak Bay on Sunday with the Christmas Light Up Festival, which will see thousands of lights illuminate the municipality’s namesake avenue.

The festival kicks off at 2 p.m. at Hampshire Road at Oak Bay Avenue with craft stations, food trucks, roasted chestnuts, a Santa Letter Station and street games, according to the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association.

There will also be onstage entertainment starting around 3 p.m., “plus thousands of lights on buildings, trees and lampposts throughout the Village…Santa Claus arrives on an Oak Bay Fire Truck at 5 p.m. to really get things started!” the association says.

The entertainment lineup, meanwhile, is extensive.

Colleen Eccleston, Jeanne Tolmie, Daniel Lapp, Scott White, Karel Roessingh, Jamie Troy, Wes Carroll, Adrian Dolan, Sóley Ella May, The Whoville Children’s Chorus, The Joy of Life Choir and Oak Bay High Jazz Combo are scheduled to perform at the festival.

Trucks to parade through Oak Bay

Then, on Saturday, Dec. 2, the Island Equipment Owners Association (IEOA) Truck Parade and Food Drive, featuring more than 80 festively decorated cement and dump trucks, will roll through Victoria, Oak Bay Village, Saanich, View Royal and Langford before ending at Royal Bay in Colwood. The parade route is here.

The parade will be broadcast live on CHEK and CHEK+ starting at 6 p.m., and people in Oak Bay can enjoy music and donate food at the Municipal Hall starting at 5 p.m.

The festive season kicked off in Greater Victoria this past Saturday, Nov. 25, when the 41st annual Santa Claus Parade, sponsored by Peninsula Co-op, returned to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. You can rewatch CHEK’s Santa parade coverage here.


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